Duckling Hatching at Cedarwood House Care home
Earlier this month at our East Sussex care home, Cedarwood House, we received a duckling hatching kit from Incredible Eggs and three partially incubated eggs. Following on from the success of the chicks we raised over May and June, the duck eggs were received with much anticipation by residents. Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for them to hatch! When they did, staff and residents were quick to name them. That are called Marmalade, Peaches and Cream.
As with our chicks previously, the ducklings have brought joy to our home, stimulating memories of affection and nurturing in all of our elderly residents. Everyone has been very hands on in caring for the ducklings from the get go, which has inspired feelings of responsibility and accomplishment. Particularly rewarding were those milestone moments, like helping Marmalade, Peaches and Cream take their first swim in the bathtub.
At Cedars Care Group homes, we are keen advocates of animal assisted therapy because we see the positive affect it has on our residents. We never miss an opportunity to bring pets into our homes, and have been introducing hatching kits from Incredible Eggs to several of our care homes since earlier this year. The results have been phenomenal!
There are no shortage of research articles that highlight the benefits of animal assisted therapy for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown a marked decrease in feelings of sadness and anxiety, when elderly people in care took part in activities involving pets. Some of the benefits of pet-therapy for elderly people living in care or with dementia include:
- Inspiring a sense of purpose
- Motivating physical activity
- Providing an outlet for communication
- Providing meaningful enjoyment
- and Reminiscence
At Cedars Care Group homes, meaningful activities are a fundamental part of day-to-day life. They are vital for the wellbeing of our residents, and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Pet Therapy comes pretty high up on our list of spiritual and therapeutic activities with great benefits to the people we support. You can find out more about our other Activities Here.
Looking for a care home in East Sussex? Find out more about Cedarwood House, based in Battle, and how you can arrange a visit for tea or lunch!